het·​ero·​doxy | \ ˈhe-tə-rə-ˌdäk-sē How to pronounce heterodoxy (audio) , ˈhe-trə-\
plural heterodoxies

Definition of heterodoxy

1 : the quality or state of being heterodox
2 : a heterodox opinion or doctrine

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Synonyms & Antonyms for heterodoxy


dissent, dissidence, heresy, nonconformity


conformity, orthodoxy

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Examples of heterodoxy in a Sentence

Copernicus's theory that the earth revolved around the sun was arrant heterodoxy at a time when the earth was thought to be the center of the universe.

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McCain does not appear to have consciously intended his embrace of the campaign finance reform topic to be a major act of ideological heterodoxy. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "John McCain, who died at 81, explained," 26 Aug. 2018 Kanye has long worked with songwriters — something that, because it’s perceived as heterodoxy, is rarely discussed openly. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Into the Wild With Kanye West," 25 June 2018 Pleasingly for this reviewer at least, that corner turns out to be the system of liberal-arts colleges that Mr. Scruton says are the key to maintaining a heterodoxy of ideas within civic society. Richard Aldous, WSJ, "‘Conservativism’ Review: Holding On to the Good Things," 14 June 2018 In any event, the extent of Williams’s heterodoxy cannot be overstated. Roger Lowenstein, WSJ, "‘God, War, and Providence’ Review: When Conquest Was Puritanical," 13 June 2018 But his heterodoxy on entitlements certainly helped at least somewhat, especially with older voters. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Paul Ryan paved the way for Trump’s takeover of the Republican Party," 11 Apr. 2018 Should there be any limits to the embrace of heterodoxy? Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic, "A New Leader in the Push for Diversity of Thought on Campus," 6 Feb. 2018 Hard to believe it’s only been two years since presidential candidate Trump abruptly canceled a CPAC appearance amid reports of a large walkout to protest his ideological heterodoxy. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "CPAC Is Going to Be a Trump-Fest," 22 Feb. 2018 Even as Egyptian authorities play to the dystopian script by attempting to punish the author for his heterodoxies, his book memorably celebrates the country’s underground seams of freedom and individual expression. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "The Best New Fiction," 22 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of heterodoxy

1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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